Got Radioactive Waste?

If you do have radioactive waste, i.e. any country with nuclear power, you probably have a really, really good plan to store that waste for millions of years. No? Well then you might be interested in transmuting the waste into different form that has a half life of 25 minutes. Using a high-powered laser, gold and some physics I don’t understand iodine can be transmuted making the material safer. If the process could be scaled up and cheaper it could pose an alternative to Yucca Mountain.

British scientists have “transmuted” iodine-129 into iodine-128 with a high-powered laser. Now, dropping one neutron might not seem like a big deal, but the half-life of iodine-129 is 15 million years while the half-life of iodine 128 is 25 minutes.

About Cam Proctor

Cameron works diligently in this academic and personal live to build capacity within communities and people towards the mutually inclusive goals of environmental sustainability and rewarding lifestyles. An avid supporter of education, Cameron believes in as the “missing link” between alternative news and community involvement. Integrating his knowledge into writing, he pails in comparison to other writers in the humour dimension.

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